A controversy that has swelled since Tuesday
Salah Hamouri, Franco-Palestinian political activist, supported in France in particular by the extreme left, was invited by the town hall of Lyon to testify during a round table on the situation of the Palestinian territories, 30 years after the agreements of Oslo. It will take place on 1er february.
While he is presented as a “human rights defender and former political prisoner” by the town hall, his presence is criticized by representatives of the Jewish community but also by elected officials who describe him as a terrorist. They accuse Grégory Doucet of stoking communal tensions or feeding the breeding ground for anti-Semitism.
Accused of being affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and of having participated in an assassination plan against Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, Salah Hamouri was imprisoned between 2005 and 2011 by the Israeli courts. His defenders explain that he had pleaded guilty, in order to escape a possible sentence of fourteen years. Further prison sentences followed until he was released from prison and deported to France after his permanent resident permit was revoked by Israel. An expulsion deemed “contrary to law”, according to the French state.